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AZ Business Magazine

About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union selects digital platform qvist

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Arizona’s largest credit union with $4 billion in assets, has partnered with Alkami Technology to provide its ORB digital banking platform to its more than 220,000 online banking users. Alkami’s platform will integrate with Desert Schools’ Corelation core platform. With Alkami’s ORB, Desert Schools’ members will have access to a modern, unified… Read More →

Phoenix PRSA announces Copper Anvil Award winners  Elnur Amikishiyev

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Phoenix chapter awarded 38 awards during its annual Copper Anvil Awards, a program that recognizes outstanding public relations tactics and campaigns that reflect the highest standards of performance in public relations. During the event on Sept. 8, two additional awards of recognition and two student scholarships were presented. The PRSA… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Protiviti


Protiviti Most Admired Company: 2016 Top Arizona executive: Alex Robison, Managing Director What it does: Global business consulting and internal audit firm. Admirable quality: Protiviti actively seeks to recruit employees from diverse backgrounds. For example, in 2012, Protiviti’s campus recruiting was 70 percent male and 30 percent female. In 2014 and 2015, it was 50-50… Read More →

Owens Harkey adds Coyotes and Fiesta Bowl as clients

Fiesta Bowl

Full-service advertising agency Owens Harkey (OH) Advertising has added to its list of nationally recognized sports and entertainment organizations by landing state two coveted new partners, the Arizona Coyotes and the Fiesta Bowl Organization. OH is a leading force behind some of the Valley’s top sporting and entertainment events. Not only is the agency well versed… Read More →

Learning grants by SRP awarded to 25 schools

Enterprise Bank & Trust

Students across Arizona will explore the wonders of electricity, learn about math and science by growing plants in greenhouses built on their campuses and much more thanks to Learning Grants by SRP. The grant program, which awarded more than $117,000 to 25 schools, provides a unique opportunity for schools and teachers to develop projects and programs… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction Most Admired Company: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Mike Hoover, president What it does: Construction services. Admirable quality: Sundt’s donation to the East Valley Institute of Technology in Arizona and sponsorship of Arizona Construction Career Days enabled its employee-owners to connect with high school students who are considering… Read More →

Stanton, other mayors urge Congress to break Zika gridlock


Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and 76 other Mayors from across the country wrote an open letter to congressional leaders, urging them to pass the Zika bill that has been gridlocked in congress. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are 18,611 confirmed Zika cases in the U.S. The letter the mayors released… Read More →

UA Eller College jumps higher in rankings

UA Eller College

The University of Arizona Eller College of Management moved up this year in several categories, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue, released Tuesday. The Eller undergraduate program moved up from No. 22 last year to No. 19 this year among business schools nationwide, and is ranked No. 9 among public programs,… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: UnitedHealthcare


UnitedHealthcare Most Admired Company: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Wendy Arnone, West Region CEO What it does: Offers employer, individual and family health insurance plans. Admirable quality: UnitedHealthcare’s myHealthcare Cost Estimator tool is now available to more than 1.8 million Arizonans, giving consumers an integrated online and mobile service that brings a retail shopping… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Lavidge


LAVIDGE Most Admired Company: 2011, 2013, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Bill Lavidge , CEO What it does: Advertising and public relations company. Admirable quality: LAVIDGE has recently incorporated NetBase, a social media analytics tool, into its scope of work. NetBase is key for zoning in on relevant pitch topics for new clients, as well as sharing knowledge from all social… Read More →

AZ Business September/October 2016 issue

AZ Business Magazine, Digital

There is much to admire in Arizona business This is always one of the most popular issues of Az Business magazine because it features the annual list of the Most Admired Companies in Arizona. As always, this year’s list of honorees is stellar, including seven companies who have made the list of Most Admired Companies… Read More →

Wildflower Bread Company partners with No Kid Hungry


Continuing its annual “Wildflower Cares” celebration, Wildflower Bread Company announced it has again joined forces with No Kid Hungry to bring an end to childhood hunger. With the help of its customers, the local restaurant chain has targeted a goal of providing 450,000 meals this year. During the month of September, No Kid Hungry raises… Read More →

Arizona Forward honors environmental excellence

Northern Arizona University’s International Pavilion earned the coveted President’s Award at Arizona Forward’s 36th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards.

Deemed a “building of the future,” Northern Arizona University’s International Pavilion earned the coveted President’s Award (Best of Show) in Arizona Forward’s 36th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards presented by SRP. Jurists praised the facility as among the greenest building of its kind in the world. Arizona Forward celebrated the 36th anniversary of its historic program… Read More →

New rideshare app launches in Phoenix

rideshare app

Valley residents looking for either immediate or pre-scheduled transportation in a cab, a rideshare or a wheelchair-accessible vehicle can now do it all from one new mobile app. Glendale-based Total Transit, the parent company of Discount Cab, launched Discount Ride, a new app providing passengers with the widest variety of vehicle, scheduling and payment options in Arizona.… Read More →

Social Venture Partners seeks Fast Pitch applicants

Social Venture Partners

Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) is seeking innovative and entrepreneurial nonprofits to apply for its annual Fast Pitch competition. Now in its seventh year, Fast Pitch is a two-month social impact program that culminates in a live event where nonprofit leaders compete for more than $50,000 in funding. Fast Pitch, affectionately known in the business and… Read More →